GOL 105 Syllabus


Division:       Arts and Sciences                                                                                                   Date:  February 2014


Curricula in Which Course is Taught:  Liberal Arts, Science, Business transfer programs


Course Number and Title:           Geology 105, Physical Geology


Credit Hours:  3                              Hours/Wk Lecture: 3          Hours/Wk Lab:                      3Lec/Lab Comb:



I.              Catalog Description:  Introductory geology course providing the basic overview of mineral and rock identification, the structure of the earth, rock and water cycles, interpretation of earth history through topographic and geologic mapping; study of the three major rock types and their formation; study of basic geomorphology                      


II.            Relationship of the Course to the Curricula Objectives in which it is Taught:  Class will provide entry level foundation of geology degree which will allow transferable science credits and continuation of a full bachelor of science degree in a four year program


III.           Required Background:    

Non-developmental English and writing; high school algebra, some basic knowledge of earth science, chemistry, physics, and biology


IV.          Course Content:    

A.       Formation of planets and earth structure

B.       plate tectonics and earth dynamics

C.       earth geophysical properties

D.       identification of minerals, igneous rocks, sedimentary rocks, and metamorphic rocks

E.       geologic time scales

F.        Interpretation of geologic history using rock inter-relationships, maps, and cross-sections

G.       use and construction of topographic and geologic maps

H.       land-form description, physiographic features and provinces weathering and mass wastage.


V.        Learner Outcomes

VI.       Evaluation

The student will be able to:


A.               Develop an understanding of scientific method and the techniques of scientific discovery in the field of geology.

B.               Identify minerals and rocks and account for their geologic environment, history of formation, and relate them to the systematic processes which form the earth.

C.               Use various techniques of mapping, block diagrams, and cross-sections.

D.               Perform Landform analysis through combined investigations of geologic and topographic features. 

E.               Articulate coherent knowledge of the earth’s formation, structure, composition, processes, geologic and topographic features

Students will be evaluated using some combination of quizzes, tests, lab reports and other assignments as defined by the instructor.


All written assignments will be assessed for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and consistency according to the conventions of standard English.



         VII.    This course supports the following objectives:


DCC Educational Objectives:


Critical Thinking

Information Literacy

   Scientific Reasoning